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Monday, April 14, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) – "Captain America" continued to flex its Marvel muscle at the global box office, as "The Winter Soldier" took in $41.4 million domestically and $60.6 million overseas.

The strong second-week performance for the Walt Disney release in North America was enough to narrowly edge 20th Century Fox's "Rio 2" in a springtime battle of sequels. The animated Amazon jungle tale "Rio 2" debuted with $39 million, according to studio estimates Sunday, almost exactly the opening weekend total of the 2011 Oscar-nominated original.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

You've probably heard the Borscht Belt joke with the punch-line "So how do you start a flood?"

With an eye toward "Game of Thrones," "Lord of the Rings," "Thor" and the action-fantasy movie genre, you wonder if director Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan," 2010; The Wrestler," 2008) had that question in mind when he pitched "Noah" to studio executives with "What's the most famous ship in the world other than the Titanic?" and "Did you know that there's never been a feature movie made about the Biblical story of Noah?"

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

For a sock puppet, Kermit the Frog has come a long way in his career.

Jim Henson's Muppets first appeared on a Washington, D.C., TV show 1955 - '61. "The Muppets Show" was televised nationally 1976 - '81. There have been numerous spin-off TV shows and television specials.

There've been seven previous Muppet theatrical feature movies: "The Muppet Movie" (1979), "The Great Muppet Caper" (1981), "The Muppets Take Manhattan" (1984),"The Muppet Christmas Carol" (1992), "Muppet Treasure Island" (1996), "Muppets From Space" (1999) and "The Muppets" (2011).

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Larry Chance and the Earls will be appearing Friday night at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe in a benefit concert for the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.

"Re-mem-mem, re-mem-mem-mem-ber."

It was a catchy beat; an oldies song that was up-tempo and made a name for a group from the Bronx called Larry Chance and the Earls.

Friday night, Larry Chance and the Earls will headline a benefit concert at Penn's Peak for the Carbon-Tamaqua Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Also performing will be the local oldies band Remember When and Eddie "Mr. Ed" Collins.

Tickets for the event are $15 if purchased in advance and $20 at the door. Showtime is 7 p.m.

Monday, March 31, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS In a scene from Panther Valley High School's "Harmony Scholars" are students, l-r, Claudia Smith, Kayla Reese, Tayler Nalesnik, Hunter Davidyock, Darrian DeMatto, Kayla Kashlak, and Jordan Devitt. The performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the high school auditorium.

Virtually all schools have concerts and plays.

Harmony Scholars, which will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Panther Valley High School auditorium is different.

Advisor and director Kathy Crampsie describes it as a "parody of songs." There are 20 numbers ranging from Broadway to "Saturday Night Live." All have lip-syncing.

For each selection, students do the lip-syncing to skits, wearing outlandish outfits.

In some, boys dress as girls, wearing short dresses and wigs. It's all about fun.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sometimes, you have to catch films before they get away. Even if you miss them at the multiplex, neighborhood theater or indie and foreign-films art house, certain films are must-sees whenever and wherever.

The following three films are well worth seeing. Each is linked by a magnificent obsession or passion. So, put on your film-hunting gear and don't forget the popcorn.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

If you're of a certain age and can get past the fact that it's not in sketchy black and white, "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" is quite entertaining.

If you're a younger parent or a youngster, you may find the animated feature thoroughly entertaining.

"Mr. Peabody & Sherman" was originally a segment on producer Jay Ward's 1960's television cartoon series, "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show."

Monday, March 17, 2014
Country singer Don Williams will be performing Friday night at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

It's a full menu of country music at Penn's Peak over the next two weeks.

Among the events is a concert Saturday night by Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, who do traditional country and bluegrass. This is Vincent's first appearance at Penn's Peak and it comes at the dawn of her newest album release, which is already her most successful album of the many she's recorded.

Here's whats coming up:

Ÿ Friday - The legendary Don Williams will be performing at 8 p.m. Tickets are $34 and $39. Opening will be Colm Kirwan, a native of Ireland.

Friday, March 14, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Legendary guitarist Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown visit the Mauch Chunk Opera House Saturday.

Pack a bag. Buckle up. Hit the gas. British rockers Savoy Brown visit Jim Thorpe's Mauch Chunk Opera House at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Featuring the legendary guitarist Kim Simmonds, they celebrate the release of their brand-new CD, "Goin' To The Delta," and invite you to ride shotgun on their musical road trip.

It's the sound of a band with the wind in their sails. Following 2011's acclaimed "Voodoo Moon" and last year's whip-cracking live set, "Songs From The Road," Savoy Brown are in a swagger, and you can hear the momentum on these 12 love letters to American blues.

Thursday, March 13, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Sideguys featuring Davy Knowles will performing live at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House Chunk Opera House,

The Sideguys featuring Davy Knowles will performing live at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House Chunk Opera House, located at 14 W. Broadway.

A two-for-one ticket special is available. Cost is $20 for two.

The Sideguys is a team of R&B, Rock and Jazz musicians who have worked with the biggest names in the music industry, all with solo recordings themselves dating as far back as the mid 1980s and 1970s.